Starsky & Hutch

2003 - Empire Interactive - Mind's Eye Production

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At first glance I wasn’t expecting much from Starsky & Hutch. You’d believe it was released to coincide with the 2004 film, but that’s not the case. This has nothing to do with it and is based on the original TV series complete with the ‘Huggy Bear’ Voice actor narrating.

I’m glad about this because the film was average at best (Not to be suprised when Ben Stiller’s in it). Not to say the game is any better, but I know which one I would rather dedicate my time to.

I do need to mention, that this game can be played in 2 ways and I’ve only tried the single player mode. Apparently you can plug a Lightgun into port 2 and get a friend to do the shooting which I feel would make for a much better experience.

The game is a standard drive & shoot affair nicely wrapped up in a retro 70’s vibe. It becomes apparent straight away though that this is not going to be an easy one. In Single Player, If you think you’ll get through all the missions just spamming the shoot button then you’re wrong. As well as driving at speed and dodging the countless obstacles the game throws at you, you’ll need to line up your shots for the best possible damage.

Sadly, Every level is pretty much the same affair, Drive to X, encounter car, chase & shoot at car till dead. And after a few levels you’ll get the feeling that you’ve pretty much seen all this game has to offer. I got bored after the first escort mission, where you’re supposed to protect a witness by shooting the bad guy cars. Sound simple on paper, but for some reason you can accidentally target and shoot the witness car. Which is just cheap and happens a lot. It also hits for way more than it does the enemy cars which is always fun, right?.

I’m not sure if this was just a lazy addition to add difficulty to it, or if someone thought that would actually be a good idea but I do have to say again, I played this solo, so it might not be an issue when using a lightgun in multiplayer.

All in all, it’s better than I expected but still just an average TV game with some great ideas in there but it’s just not as fun as it sounds on paper.

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